Orchestra Digest: May 2nd

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This week: More on the international ivory ban; a new CEO in Toronto; a classical high in Denver; and Vänskä returns to Minnesota. Here are stories we're following...


Ivory ban

With the Winnipeg Symphony's performance at Carnegie Hall just days away, stage supervisor Lawrence Rentz is working overtime to get instruments there safely, Global News reports. WSO production staff are also ensuring that the orchestra is in compliance with the US restrictions on imported ivory and rosewood.

The import ban has already affected one prospective Winnipeg Symphony audition candidate: Taddes Korris, an Edmonton-born double bassist studying at Manhattan School of Music, cancelled his audition plans due to the new policy, CBC News reports

The AFM requests musicians sign a petition and fill out a survey related to the ivory ban - the deadline for both is today. Please follow this link to complete both!


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Orchestra Digest: April 12

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This week: More CBC cuts, the San Diego Opera reconsiders closure, and the Canadian Arts Summit considers how we select leaders. Here are stories we're following....
Public policy 
News broke this week that the CBC will cut 657 jobs and eliminate programs due to a projected $130 million budget shortfall, the Globe and Mail reports. The cuts represent about 8 percent of the broadcaster's current workforce.  
New restrictions on ivory importation to the US could severely limit musicians' travel and touring, as NPR News reports. The Cleveland Orchestra has warned the restrictions may interfere with the orchestra's plans to tour Europe this fall, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The Canadian Arts Summit met last month in Banff, and a hot topic was recruiting new arts leaders - and to what extent (if at all) Canadian candidates should get preference to foreigners. A commentary in the Toronto Star considers the controversy.

Read more: Orchestra Digest: April 12

Orchestra Digest: March 22

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This week: Minnesota Orchestra CEO steps down, 2014/15 seasons announced, and a petition for a new concert hall in Halifax.
People in the news
With the Minnesota Orchestra's return has come intense pressure for President/CEO Michael Henson's departure, including statements from former Music Director Osmo Vanska, MinnPost reported. This week the orchestra announced that Henson will step down in August, the Star Tribune reports.
The Peninsula Symphony of San Jose, California is recovering from apparent malfeasance by a former executive director, as Mercury News reported. Stephen Jay Carlton faces charges of embezzling all of the symphony's funds, including a $500,000 endowment. 
Last week the orchestral world celebrated the life of Chicago Symphony oboist Ray Still. He died on his 94th birthday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Read more: Orchestra Digest: March 22

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